One of Water Wood’s newest creations is the Willie, a shad-shaped crankbait that builds upon elements of some discontinued wooden staples. It’s built to produce a wide wobble and meant to be fished in warming water.
When the bass change gears during the pre-spawn, and start aggressively feeding up, it produces an aggressive hydrostatic signature that calls them out. Think of it like a 5/8 or ¾ ounce spinnerbait will a big number 7 willow leaf or a large colorado blade. You can slow roll it over stumps and emerging grass.
Here in South Carolina, on lakes like Santee Cooper it excels over stumps and on lakes like Murray and Hartwell on red clay banks and points. It’s also a killer bait in Florida or everywhere that has emerging grass.
The originals that it’s inspired upon only came in a shallow diving version, but I’ve added a deeper diver, too, to add more range. With its construction of Marupá Pedra wood, it casts like a sinking model, but mine still floats, so you can crawl in through heavy cover effectively.
WW Willie Specifications:
Built out of Marupá Pedra wood from the Amazon Rainforest.
Depth range 3ft / 12 lbs / Fluorocarbon.
Weight 0.45 oz.
Lip made of CB G10.
304 Stainless Steel wire.
Premium Treble Hooks and Split Rings.